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Jean Kleyn's season ending injury could be worse than first thought

By Ian Cameron
Jean Kleyn of South Africa warms up during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Gold Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Franco Arland/Getty Images)

An injury for Springbok second row Jean Kleyn – which has already ended his Munster season – could be worse than originally thought it has been revealed.

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Munster confirmed back in January that the lock had opted to undergo surgery on a knee issue and will not return to play this season.

However, the Rugby World Cup winner injury woes may since his initial diagnosis in January may have deepened according to RTE pundit Bernard Jackman, who was commentating on the Bulls versus Munster match in Pretoria this afternoon.

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Jackman – known for his inside lines on Irish rugby – revealed that the injury could be worse than previously feared, prompting Kleyn to travel to America for specialist consultation.

Originally injured in a match against Leinster in November, the prognosis means Kleyn could also potentially miss parts of next season too.

It’s really poor news for Munster, who will lose fellow Springbok giant RG Snyman to Leinster next season.

There are also obvious concerns about his ability to return in time for the Springboks’ July Tests against Ireland. Kleyn – who has also donned the Irish jersey in the past – faces a prolonged recovery that casts doubt on his availability for the upcoming international fixtures.

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Kleyn began his professional career with the Stormers in Super Rugby before moving to Munster in 2016.

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